Bernardine A Dickman
Director of Competitive Swimming
A Native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bernie is a graduate of Xavier University where she earned a degree in Elementary Education and was captain of the women’s swim team, earning Swimmer of the Year three consecutive seasons.
Bernie began her coaching career in 1985 as head coach of Madeira Swim and Tennis Club in Cincinnati, where she coached the team to two PPSL Silver Division Rec League titles. In 1991 Bernie joined the coaching staff of the CAC Seahawks, a USA club team. Bernie worked with the leadership of the program to help grow the age group program. During her tenure with CAC, the team saw its first Junior National qualifiers. In 1993 the Dickman family relocated to Indiana where Bernie went on to be the founder and head coach of the SIYMCA/Batesville YMCA Stingrays. In addition to setting up the team, parent advisory committee and coaching staff and securing funding, Bernie coached the Stingrays to 4 consecutive undefeated SEISA Conference seasons and titles. The team also produced several IHSAA state finalists, USA JO Age group qualifiers and Champions, YMCA National qualifiers, and a Junior National qualifier under her leadership.
Bernie became Head Age Group Coach for the Countryside YMCA Torpedoes in Lebanon, Ohio in 2005 and over the course of her career with the Torpedoes she coached many first-time YMCA National Qualifiers, OSHAA state qualifiers, including an OSHAA state champion in the women’s 100yd Fly, and her groups won age group high point at the SWOYSL AA Championships from 2009-2015. In 2013 Bernie served as part of the Long Course YMCA National Championship team coaching staff. In 2016 Bernie joined the coaching staff at Coffman Family YMCA as the Head Age Group Coach. At the SWOYSL championships her groups posted over 90% on best times, and had 4 new Great Lakes Zone qualifiers. She also had the pleasure of working with the team’s head coach in the coaching of the team’s Olympic Time Trial qualifier.
Recently, Bernie was selected to be part of the 2017 American Swim Coach Association’s(ASCA) Fellows class. She, along with 4 other coaches, has been tasked with the project of looking at “The American Swim Team” and doing a SWOT analysis of the health of competitive swimming in America. She will be working with, and mentored by, many of the country’s current and former coaching greats, including this year’s Olympic coaches Bob Bowman and David Marsh.
Bernie is a certified by YMCA, USA, NISCA and OHSAA Swimming. She is also ASCA Level 4 certified. Her philosophy on competitive swimming is simple: Practice cannot make perfect as no one is perfect. Practice makes habits… PRACTICE the CORRECT HABITS!
Associate Head Coach
Education: University of New Haven; 2007; BA Music and Sound
Coach Tim Anderson grew up in Middletown, Rhode Island where he
swam competitively from ages 7-18 for
the Newport County YMCA Wahoos. In college, Anderson pursued
his other passion, studying music
and sound recording while performing in New York, Boston, and New
Coach Tim returned to his hometown after college and took a
position with his high school alma
mater, Middletown High School. In his 4 years with the high school
team, participation doubled and the team rose to a
top 10 state ranking in 2012. Anderson also coached with his
former club team, the Newport YMCA Wahoos, and a masters group at a
private health club. There, he coached long distance open water
swimmers in 5k, 6k, 8k, and 10k races for New England Masters, put
together clinics for adult swimmers and coached competitive masters
swimmers, an American record and National Champion title in the
Following his time coaching in Rhode Island, Coach Tim was hired by
SwimMAC Carolina in
Charlotte, North Carolina. While at SwimMAC Carolina, where
Coach Tim spent 5 years, he learned from U.S. Olympic Head Coach
David Marsh as well as Coach Pam Swander and Coach Sarah Holman.
Coach Tim’s primary focus at SwimMAC was developing
11-12 age group swimmers as well as 13-14 swimmers. During
this time, Coach Tim partook in the development of numerous
Jr. National, Futures, Zones and Sectional level athletes. Coach
Tim’s other main focus at SwimMAC was putting together an
open water swim program for the club. Through SwimMAC and North
Carolina Swimming LSC, he participated with the NC Open Water
Zones Team in 2016 which took place in Ft. Myers Florida.
Coach Tim has learned and has been mentored by some of the
most accomplished swimming Coaches in the sport of swimming and has
observed and been on deck with some of the most accomplished
athletes in the world including Ryan Lochte, Katie Meili, Kathleen
Baker, Anthony Ervin, Micah Lawrence, Alex Meyer, Ashley Twichell,
Kelsi Worrel and Cammile Adams.
Coach Tim is a YMCA and ASCA Certified Coach as well as a
member of NISCA. His focus as a Coach is teaching skills and
is a very strong believer in long term development of young
athletes by developing correct technique so they're ready for high
performance at the senior level.
In addition to assisting Coach Bernie with the curriculum for the
age group program for the Stypers, Coach Tim will be Lead
Coach of both Bronze and Gold groups.
Coach Tim loves music and making music, windsurfing, and traveling
when he's not coaching.
Suzanne coaches both the Silver. and
Gold Squads at Mill Pond. She graduated from The University
of Vermont where she worked as a lifeguard and taught swimming
lessons during the summers. Her interest in swimming was
renewed when the oldest of her two children joined the
Strypers. She eventually left a career as a Software Engineer
to spend more time with her family and began working as a lifeguard
at the Mill Pond YMCA A regular swimmer in the Masters
Program as well as a certified USA Swimming Official, she is
excited to continue her involvement with The Strypers.
Andy began a career in Professional triathlon in 1990 - 2001.
Racing in Australia 4 months of the year and France 6 months of the
year. He also won Duathlon (run/bike/run) World Championships in
1996 and placed 3rd in 1994 and 1998. Andy won the USA
Triathlon Series in 1999 and moved to live permanently in the US at
the end of 2000. Andy's swim coaching began as the head
coach of the Weymouth Club Master's swim team in the fall of 2000
where he coached for 10years. After the birth of his two girls he
took a short break from coaching and began coaching Strypers
Gold group in 2014. He now works primarily with the 12 and under
Candy was brought to the SSYMC to coach the master’s team. She was then brought on board with the Strypers, to develop the young swimmers. Candy spent over 10 years racing Triathlon professionally. She was the 2002 Xterra World Champion. Sponsors included Speedo, Saucony, PowerBar, Oakley, Aquaman and Fuji Bikes.
Tripp currently coaches Gold and assists Senior Group at
Emilson and has also worked with our spring stroke clinic. Tripp is
currently a student at Bridgewater State where he studies Media
Communications with a focus in TV, Film and Radio. Tripp works as a
lifeguard, Swim instructor, and a supervisor on top of coaching at
the Y. Tripp is one of the only coaches with a TV Credit on a show
that he worked on last spring/summer.
Elizabeth E Belmonte
Lizy coachs the gold group in hanover and this is her
11th year coaching. She is the best person you'll
ever meet!! She pushes her kids to their full potential and always
has fun in the process. You can almost always hear her yelling
across the pool deck to someone or something. Lizy is full of
tons of postive energy and makes for a pleasant atmosphere on the
Coach Rophe has 14 years of professional swim coaching
experience. Over that time she has worked primarily with swimmers
at the local to state level and produced champions at the Junior
Olympic level and beyond. She started her swimming career as a
young age grouper, competed in college, and is well aware of the
mental, technical, and physical requirements needed to achieve
swimming excellence. As an adult, Rophe competes
in triathlons, including Ironman distance races. Coach Rophe
attended Fairmont State University in West Virginia, earning a
Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and has a
Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development.
Her husband is Paul, and they have two children Elias (2.5) and
Jonathan began swimming in 2005, competing on the Weymouth Waves
throughout middle and high school. He also swam during his
time at Northeastern University. In addition, he was a high
school cross country runner, participating in school meets and
local races. In the latter, he achieved first place in his
age category on several occasions. He is an avid skier who
likes to hit the slopes whenever possible. Mathematics is a
passion he likes to share, tutoring students and helping them
achieve success. He coaches the Mini Strypers and Platinum
Squad. He lives in Milton, MA with his family.
Learning to swim at the age of two in the Hall of Fame pool in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Larissa has been surrounded by swimming
her entire life. Larissa grew up on Cape Cod where she captained
and swam for the YMCA Mako Swim Team and Barnstable High School
Swim Team. She went to college and grad school at Bentley
University where she swam for and captained Bentley's varsity swim
team. Larissa has experience competing in USA Swimming, YMCA
Swimming, Division I High School Swimming, Division II College
Swimming, and the New England Triathlon Tour.
In the summers throughout high school and college, Larissa
worked for the Town of Barnstable Recreation Department as a Head
Lifeguard and Swim Instructor. She also spent summers in
college as a long course season age group coach for the
Makos. In the winters, she coached and taught lessons for the
Gator Swim Club in Waltham. During her grad school year,
Larissa served as an Assistant Swim Coach for Bentley University
specializing in Individual Medley and Stroke swimmers. Upon
entering Suffolk Law School, she took over as the Swim Program
Director for the Town of Barnstable for four years where she
managed over forty swim instructors and 600 swimmers across seven
waterfront swim lesson sites. For the past several years, she
has been a Manager for the BAIT Swim Lesson Program where she works
with swimmers on building technique and endurance to prepare
pre-swim team groups for the swim team.
Larissa is the Assistant Director of Career Services at New
England Law | Boston where she counsels and advises lawyers and law
students on their career paths. In her spare time, she
competes in marathons and triathlons and is currently attempting to
complete one marathon in each of the 50 states!
Kevin is a former Y and High School swimmer. He has many years
of experience as a lifeguard at pools; as well as, Salisbury and
Myrtle Beach. He has seen a wide variety of coaching styles thru
his participation in Masters swimming at University of
Texas(Austin), Wellesley College, and various other clubs for the
last 20 years. He previously was an assistant coach for the
Karishim Swim Club in Newton. He is a certified USA Swim coach and
is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee for New
England Swimming. He recently moved to Scituate with his wife and
daughter and is known to complain about his commute to Somerville.